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Music Education Council:
One Voice for Music Education

The Music Education Council (MEC) acts as a medium for bringing together in a working relationship those organisations and institutions in the United Kingdom involved in music education and music education training, thereby creating a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities.

As the umbrella body for organisations connected with music education in the United Kingdom and the UK’s representative body for ISME and other international organisations, MEC is uniquely placed to represent the music education sector. Through its corporate members MEC represents tens of thousands of music educators across the UK. MEC’s strength is its capacity to unite all those who wish to make a difference to the lives of children and adults through the power of music.

To see MEC's current work and focus see the newly developed Strategy for Music Education and details of the Music Education for All new working groups.

Personal statement by Richard Hallam, Chair of MEC

I believe that the Music Education Council (MEC) has the capacity to bring together in a working relationship all those organisations and institutions in the United Kingdom involved in music education and music education training. MEC can facilitate a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities. 

During my period as chair, it is my intention to continue to improve communications, ensuring we have a strong evidence base for everything MEC says on behalf of music education. There is more that unites than divides us and, by working together, we can unite all those who wish to make a difference to the lives of children and adults through the power of music. 

As ISME’s National Affiliate for the UK, MEC also brings a unique international perspective to all we do, as well as the opportunity to learn from best practice all over the world. 

It is my intention to ensure MEC is

  • Proactive:
  • Reactive:

But, above all,

  • Representative:

Through facilitating discussion and debate MEC will enable the sector to be better informed about the views different parts of the sector hold, including understanding why those differences exist.  MEC will help to find common ground where possible and, following consultation with its members, the MEC executive will determine how best to move forward where there is disagreement.

I hope everyone who reads this will wish to engage and help us to take charge of the future direction of music education for all ages and to be part of the solution to the problems that, together, we need to address.